Masterfully written, David Kitz’s retelling of the Passion through the eyes of centurion Marcus Longinus, drew me in from the start. His book, The Soldier Who Killed a King, is definitely one to put on your to-read list!
Sometimes we become so over-familiar with the Gospel story that it loses much of its impact.
But this captivating narrative really brings it to life in a fresh way. Together with Marcus, it will have you walking the streets of old Jerusalem, ensnared in the intrigue of its political plots.
You will follow the Lord’s Jerusalem ministry. It will seem like you, not Simon of Cyrene, carring the Lord’s cross. And you will stand there with Marcus at the foot cross, feeling his despair and his search for truth and meaning.
But let me take you there with a excerpt from the book…
“It was a horrible night. Horrible! I could not sleep. The events of the day kept flooding over my mind – a constant bloody torrent. During the daylight hours you can steel yourself against another man’s suffering. But at night your hard shell dissolves from around you, and you are left in just your own skin again. Then their suffering soaks into your flesh, and it becomes your own…” ¹
There is also a free PDF study guide available for The Soldier Who Killed a King, designed for groups who want to read and discuss the book together.
David Kitz has long been one of my favorite bloggers. If you’ve never visited I Love the Psalms where with gentle wisdom, he brings the Psalms to life, I urge you to do so!
And be sure to read this book which “will astonish you afresh with how completely Christ’s resurrection changed history, one life at a time.” ²
1. Quote taken from “The Soldier Who Killed a King,” (chapter 34), ©2017 by David Kitz. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids MI, USA. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
2. Quote taken from the book’s back cover.
3. Book cover image taken from dzk productions, used under Fair Use Standards.
4. Cover image by Sweet Publishing and FreeBibleImages.org, CC-BY-SA.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation.